5 July 2013

Egypt: International Reactions Over Egypt's Revolution

International reactions varied yesterday over the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi where Washington expressed its support to any democratic regime in Egypt.

Russia called for supporting the Egyptian people's legitimate aspirations for a better life, while German foreign minister said what is taking place in Egypt is a "grave setback" to democracy.

In Tel Aviv, US Ambassador Dan Shapero said Washington supports any democratic regime in Egypt, noting that the US commitment towards democracy is what pushed President Barack Obama to call for a swift peaceful transition of power.

On the other hand, Beijing said Thursday that it supported the "choice of the Egyptian people" and called for dialogue and negotiation among political powers.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the people of Egypt to exercise restraint and pursue inclusive dialogue.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, however, said that ousting Morsi does not reflect the people's will.

For his part, British Foreign Minister William Hague said that his country will deal with any person in power in Egypt, however, he affirmed that London does not support any military intervention to settle the political crisis. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on other hand, called on Egypt to draw a timetable for new elections after a transitional period.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said that his country regretted that the political process has not led to a unifying solution for Egypt; matter that forced the army to intervene and oust President Morsi.

Norway has always encouraged Morsi and the opposition to find solutions to the country's challenges through a broad and inclusive process, he said.

He noted that Norway provides full support for the democratic development in Egypt and it is essential to leave the ground to a civilian government with a democratic election quickly.

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